Nostalgia in the air as class of ‘93 reunites

By Eric Norwood Jr.

PNT staff writer

enorwood@pntonline.com

Nostalgic was a word used to describe the feeling of being at the class of 1993 reunion this weekend in Portales.

“Definitely nostalgic,” said Jason Thompson, a class of 1993 graduate who now lives in Seattle, Wash.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune The Portales High School class of 1993 has fun with their sign Saturday at Rosary Park.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
The Portales High School class of 1993 has fun with their sign Saturday at Rosary Park.

The giddiness among adults was clear as they gathered Saturday at Rotary Park to reminisce and do some catching up. There was pizza, a bounce house, an alumni volleyball game, while hits from the 1980’s and 1990’s blared from a speaker.

Said Nkoshe Seales, “We’ve just had a great time communicating with each other, playing games, eating pizzas.” Seales now owns H20 and More to Go in Portales.

The picnic was organized so classmates could meet each other’s families.

“It’s fun to see what they are doing, and to see their kids, the little mini-me’s of them, so it’s neat,” said 1993 graduate Maribel Ordonez-Cota.

The picnic was just one of a few planned events this weekend. There was a meet and greet on Friday night at Cattle Baron in Portales, and there was a gathering at the Dawg Houze on Saturday night.

According Thompson, the entire reunion got planned out over Facebook when another classmate made a post that prompted responses from multiple classmates.

“Somehow I got voted to do it,” says Thompson.

The graduates from 1993 have led many different walks of life since leaving school. Sammy Diaz entered the Navy after high school, and has traveled all over Asia and Europe before settling in Garden City, Kansas.

“I lived all over Asia, in California, Indianapolis. I work for a company in Kansas that makes propane

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune Maribel Ordonez-Cota, Jim Love, and Shawna Hightower-Neece at the class of 1993 reunion picnic. Love is a former teacher to Ordonez-Cota and Hightower-Neece.

Eric Norwood Jr.: Portales News-Tribune
Maribel Ordonez-Cota, Jim Love, and Shawna Hightower-Neece at the class of 1993 reunion picnic. Love is a former teacher to Ordonez-Cota and Hightower-Neece.

tanks,” says Diaz.

Former cheerleader Shawna Hightower-Neece is now a third-grade teacher who lives on a farm outside of town.

“All my family is here. I went to Eastern. I got a job teaching and never left. I am a hometown girl,” says Hightower-Neece.

Hightower-Neece helped plan the 10-year reunion in 2003.

“That one was more like a big party,” she giggled.

Nkoshe Seales agreed. “Everyone is more settled in life. It is good to become more friendly with some of my classmates now that we are grown. We might not have hung out as much in high school and now we’re finding out that we have a lot in common.”

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